MP marks Living Wage Week

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13 Nov 2017
Margaret Greenwood MP has visited Red Rocks Nursing Home in Hoylake to mark this year’s National Living Wage week.

Red Rocks is the largest employer accredited by the Living Wage Foundation to have its headquarters in Wirral West.

Ms Greenwood said:

“It was a real pleasure to visit Red Rocks Nursing Home in Hoylake and see the work that goes on there.

“I very much enjoyed meeting staff, including nurses, care assistants and catering staff, and hearing about their work.
“It was a pleasure to meet some of the residents as well who the staff look after.

“It really is important people are paid properly for the work they do.
“Credit should go to the manager at Red Rocks Michael Vaughan for recognising the importance of paying the Living Wage and for promoting the scheme.”
Other living wage employers leading the way in Wirral West include the Oxfam Shop (West Kirby), ASD Engineering Services Ltd (Arrowe Park), North West Systems Group (Hoylake), Majestic Wine (West Kirby), Lees Solicitors (West Kirby) Santander (West Kirby), Lloyds (West Kirby) and Wirral Council.
 
The Living Wage Campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people which accredits businesses as Living Wage employers to demonstrate that they pay their staff a wage calculated on the real cost of living.

Businesses and organisations interested in becoming a Living Wage employer can visit the link below for more information:

www.livingwage.org.uk/become-a-living-wage-employer

Ms Greenwood recently called on the government to support families struggling with the cost of living as figures released recently by the Office of National Statistics estimated that 30% of jobs in Wirral arepaid below the voluntary Living Wage.

According to the Living Wage Foundation, 4000 workers in Wirral West alone earn less than the voluntary Living Wage.

The Wirral West MP, who is also the Shadow Minister for Employment and Inequality, added:

“The government has introduced a National Living Wage at a much lower rate than the Living Wage Foundation's rate.  It is just not high enough to really tackle the problem of low pay.

“The government says that work is the best route out of poverty, but 4,000 people in Wirral West being paid less than the Living Wage is a major cause for concern.” 

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